2006-04-19

Great 1-0 Victory over Villarreal

Kolo Touré surprised everyone scoring his first goal, and helping Arsenal FC beat Villarreal 1-0 at Highbury. Now the English team is very close to reach the Champions League Final in Paris.

In fact, Villarreal came into the match undefeated in five previous encounters with English opposition. However, were undone by Touré's close-range finish four minutes before half-time that settled a tense tie in Arsenal's favour. The Gunners managed to stop Juan Román Riquelme, for the majority of the encounter, and should they stretch their run without conceding to a tenth match, a spot in the final in Paris on 17 May beckons.

Arsenal manged to press all the game, but it took until four minutes before the break for them to go in front as Henry fed Hleb from a short corner and the Belarusian's cross was turned in from close range by Toure.

It's important to notice that the home team nearly threw their advantage away before the break though as Gilberto Silva tangled with striker Jose Mari and was fortunate not to give a penalty shot away.

We can say that despite their defensive frailties on the night, Arsenal FC did look confident going forward and Thierry Henry almost made it two but his shot was cleared off the line by Cesar Arzo.

Despite their confidence, they struggled to break the Spanish side down for the remainder of the half as both teams looked to stick with what they just had for the second-leg next Tuesday.